Posted: 21.03.2024 12:42:04

Gaidukevich on Vasilevskaya's flight into space: it is just beginning

In just a few hours, the 21st expedition to the ISS will start, and our compatriot Marina Vasilevskaya will be there for the first time in the history of sovereign Belarus. In his talk with the SB TV channel, a deputy of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus, Oleg Gaidukevich, discussed the importance of this event, as well as what to expect from the space industry of Belarus in the future.


Oleg Gaidukevich immediately noted that today every Belarusian feels proud of this event, “This is a really important day in our history. The words of the President of Belarus came true. After all, many years ago, the Head of State spoke about joint work with Russia in space. Just look where we are going now, and this is just the beginning, there are many more joint projects ahead of us.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Gaidukevich also stated that many people were sceptical about the launch of the Soyuz MS-25 spacecraft, “They only like it when the West humiliates Belarus and imposes sanctions. Then they sit and applaud. When we were building a nuclear power plant, they said, ‘you don't need this nuclear power plant, you won't build anything’, however, it was built. When the President stated that it was necessary to save the factories, there were also such exclamations. Today, all enterprises are loaded and working under sanctions better than ever. The same is true about space. Everything has come true. Russia and Belarus, our Union State, have no equals in space, and the prospects are huge. All Belarusians in their hearts are proud of our huge contribution, either to our cosmonauts’ space flights or to how much we do to make sure that Russian space develops, including our science, minds, and achievements, as well as enterprises that ensure our development with Russia in this direction. Belarusian satellites will also fly in the future, and not just one.”

The MP also recalled that the President of Belarus recently signed a decree on the status of the Belarusian cosmonaut.

“I really liked the phrase in this decree that every cosmonaut should be active, represent Belarus in the international arena with dignity, and be an example of patriotism for every Belarusian. This is very important, because these lines should probably be in every document when appointing to any position in Belarus,” Oleg Gaidukevich summed up.